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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Fairfield is a highly rated private, Catholic university located in Fairfield, Connecticut in the New York City Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,879 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Fairfield acceptance rate is 61%. Popular majors include Finance, Nursing, and Marketing. Graduating 81% of students, Fairfield alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $55,500.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Address
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824

Fairfield University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$37,799/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,180/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.43 responses
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.47 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.47 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,879Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
234
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
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  • White, preppy, rich
    37%
  • White, clean cut, well off, smart, athletic, fun
    24%
  • Caring, considerate
    15%
  • White, smart, rich, good looking, friendly.
    12%
  • A lot of different types of students
    2%
  • Ambitious
    2%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.49 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • The experience is what you make of it.
    46%
  • Boring
    13%
  • Lively
    13%
  • Spectacular
    13%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Wholesome
    5%
  • Underrated
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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Fairfield has everything you need to define who you are as a growing adult and gives you ample preparation to become a functioning adult. Like most schools, your experience at Fairfield is what you make of it! If you are true to yourself and recognize the importance of the education you are receiving, it makes it that much easier to find people to hang out with and to establish life long relationships.
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My first year at Fairfield, I cried almost everyday. I wanted to come home; I felt out of place and alone. I enjoyed my classes, but I was undecided on a major and felt like I would never find my niche. However, I am so happy I stayed a stag. By spring semester, I had found a group of friends that I loved being with, and it turns out that my Theater class taught me a lot more than the lines of Hamlet. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone, and for the first time, I experienced what college was supposed to feel like. I had some of my favorite professors, and because of Colin Hosten in particular, I became an English major. Because of Sara Diaz, I became and Italian minor, two subjects I never dreaded going to class for. I'm proud to be a stag, and I love going back to Stag Country after breaks, weekends home, and summer. It is my place of belonging (but the College of Arts and Sciences could use a makeover!)
Fairfield is probably the best choice I have ever made. I have made friends that are like family to me now. Academics are great. The Jesuit education makes you a more well rounded individual. The Tully’s food is good. New sophomore dorm is beautiful along with the new nursing building and soon coming be business school and south side townhouses. Townhouses on campus have also recently been redone making them brand new essentially. The party scene at Fairfield is the best. You and your close friends pregame and hit the beach or the townies. Having a townhouse your junior year really makes the experience at Fairfield. My roommates and I have one for next semester and can’t wait for it to start. Plus you get to live on the beach your senior year. I don’t know of another school that allows that. I can go on and on but I hope I got the point across that Fairfield is not only amazing, but it is my home.